Lowlands and Highlands Wilderness Exploration 12 days

Lowlands and Highlands Wilderness Exploration 12 days

The best of Iceland´s highlands and lowlands.

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AVAILABLE:
July 12 to September 5

DURATION:
12 days / 11 nights

CAR RENTAL DAYS:
10 Days

DEPARTURES:
Daily

TOUR ID:
BP39

Included

Not Included

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival

Upon your arrival at Keflavik airport, you will be met by your private driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavik. You will be free for the rest of the day to explore Reykjavik, visit museums, landmarks etc. Downtown Reykjavík offers excellent restaurants, cafés, bars and clubs. You might want to join an optional tour if you arrive early. You can visit one of the many Reykjavík’s excellent restaurants for dinner.

Highlights:

Overnight:
Reykjavík

Optional activity:

Day 2. The Great Golden Circle

Pick up your car in the morning and take the highway to Ţingvellir National Park, a unique place from a geological point of view and a place of exceptional beauty. Thingvellir was accepted as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2004. Drive further to the Great Geysir area where the powerful geyser Strokkur erupts every few minutes. From here, drive to the majestic waterfall Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most beautiful waterfall. Continue to the impressive volcanic crater Keriđ which is 270 meters wide and 55 meters deep. Proceed to the south coast.

Driving distance
250 kilometers

Highlights:

Overnight:
Hella Area

Recommended optional activity:

Day 3. The South Shore

Continue to the east heading for the Eyjafjöll district and stop at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss where it is possible to walk behind the waterfall in summer, a quite a unique experience. The impressive waterfall Skógafoss is a little further east and don’t miss the Folk Museum at Skógar, close to the waterfall. Drive to Reynisdrangar with spectacular coast and beautiful rock formations. The promontory at Dyrhólaey is a massive natural arch carved by the relentless pounding of the winds and surf with rich birdlife in summer. Continue to Vík, a small village on the black beach. Drive across the Mýrdalssandur floodplains and Eldhraun, the largest lava field ever to flow on Earth in historical time, and to the small village Kirkjubćjarklaustur. Fjađrárgljúfur is a narrow and beautiful canyon a few km to the west from Kirkjubćjarklaustur, worth taking a look at. At Kirkjubćjarklaustur, see Kirkjugólfiđ (the Church Floor), a protected natural monument just east of the village. Kirkjugólfiđ is columnar basalt, shaped and eroded by water and wind.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights:

Overnight:
Kirkjubćjarklaustur Area

Recommended optional activity:

Day 4. Skaftafell National Park - Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

Continue along the South Coast to Vatnajökull National Park. On your way you will pass Fjađrárgljúfur Canyon and Kirkjubćjarklaustur Village. As you reach the Vatnajökull area, you won’t miss Skaftafell National Park with its great views. There you can also find many hiking trails, for example to the beautiful Svartifoss Waterfall. Continue to the famous Glacier Lagoon, where huge icebergs, true sculptures of nature, broken off Breiđamerkurjökull glacier, float and grind together in the blue waters of the lagoon. You can also go down to the Diamond Beach before going back to Kirkjubćjarklaustur.

Driving distance
240 kilometers

Highlights:

Overnight:
Kirkjubćjarklaustur Area

Recommended optional activity:

Day 5. Fjallabak Route - Landmannalaugar

The Fjallabak route is one of the most scenic trails in the interior highlands of Iceland. One of the highlights of the route is Eldgjá, one of the most interesting sights in this part of the country. There you can see the Ófćrufoss Waterfall. Continue to Landmannalaugar, nesting under the high edge of an obsidian lava flow. Here is a warden station, mountain hut and a camping site. Near the hut is a warm water pool created by the confluence of natural hot water and cold-water springs. There you can find many interesting hiking trails. Leave Landmannalaugar and pass lake Frostastađavatn, surrounded by colourful mountains and craters. Visit Landmannahellir, a cave that runs some distance into a hillside. This mountain track known as Landmannaleiđ is rugged and rocky in sections. The track passes through a wide variety of canyons, valleys, over rock ridges and black lava, weird plain of lava rocks surrounded by captivating mountains.

Driving distance
220 kilometers

Highlights:

Overnight:
Hella Area

Day 6. Sprengisandur Highland Trail to the North

On a fine day the route over Sprengisandur provides a splendid trip through the magnificent interior of Iceland, with spectacular and far-reaching views. The track goes west of lake Thorisvatn (Ţórisvatn), the second largest lake in Iceland. The track passes through a wide variety of high country scenery, rock-strewn tracts, gravely plain and patches of eroded lavas, all almost bare of vegetation. Despite its apparent sameness the trail displays many stark but beautiful views, trackless desert, vast ice fields and near and distant mountains. The track passes Fjórđungsvatn, a crescent shaped lake under a low mountain ridge. At the northern end of Lake Íshólsvatn there is a short side fork which runs over intervening hills to an interesting low waterfall in the Skjálfandafljót glacial river Aldeyjarfoss, with variously twisted and formed basalt columns. The track ends at Mýri farm, the last outpost of habitation to the north in the Bárđardalur valley. Driving north along the valley the landscape becomes progressively more fertile and more inhabited. Stop at the beautiful waterfall Gođafoss, close to Fosshóll. Continue to Húsavík area for overnight.

Driving distance
370 kilometers

Highlights:

Overnight:
Húsavík area

Day 7. Jökulsárgljúfur National Park and Mývatn

Leave Húsavík and drive to the north to the Öxarfjörđur Bay. Make a detour to Hljóđaklettar, Echo rocks, an extremely beautiful canyon carved by the great glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum that takes its source in Vatnajökull, Iceland's largest glacier. This area offers many interesting hiking trails to explore the many wonders of the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. Visit the nearby horse-shoe shaped Ásbyrgi canyon. Continue to the south road to Dettifoss waterfall the mightiest waterfall in Europe, further upstream in Jökulsá á Fjöllum. Continue to the magnificent Lake Mývatn area. Stop at Námaskarđ pass where boiling mud pools and flashing colours of the pass merge with lava and ash from the Krafla volcanic system. The Lake Mývatn area is known world wide for the abundance of birdlife and its exceptionally many breeding duck species. The lake's surroundings show great variety in stunning landscapes and amazing geological formations. Stop at Dimmuborgir, the "Dark Castles" and see the pseudo-craters near Skútustađir and many other scenic spots in the area surrounding the lake. The Nature Baths at Mývatn are a great attraction, where one can take a bath in geothermal water under the open sky.

Driving distance
220 kilometers

Highlights:

Overnight:
Mývatn area

Recommended optional activity:

Day 8. Akureyri town - The Capital of the North

Drive to Akureyri City, the capital of the North. One of the most extraordinary aspects of Akureyri is its warm climate. Although its sits only 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, it has some of the best weather in the country. See the Botanical Gardens and some of the many museums and art galleries. The newly opened Forest Lagoon is a great attraction as well. Leave Akureyri and drive to Skagafjörđur, renowned for horse breeding.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights:

Overnight:
Northwest area

Recommended optional activity:

Different option:

Explore Tröllaskagi Peninsula. Driving distance approximately 180 km.

Day 9. North West Iceland

The Icelandic Seal Center at Hvammstangi town is an interesting place to visit. It is a research and exhibition center investigating the lives of seals found in and around Iceland. Around Vatnsnes peninsula you have a unique opportunity to watch both harbour seals and grey seals in their natural habitat. The main watching locations are Svalbarđ and at Illugastađir on the west coast and and at Ósar on the east coast. The Icelandic Seal Center at Hvammstangi gives more information about these locations and how to approach the seals with care. It is usually best to see the seals at low tide since seals usually rest ashore during low tide but feed during high tide. After driving through the fertile farmlands of Húnavatnssýsla County and along the shores of Hrútafjörđur Fjord, head for Búđardalur. Visit the Viking Age museum at Eiríksstađir, the former home of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, who discovered America around the year 1000. Head for the Snćfellsnes Peninsula towards the charming village of Stykkishólmur.

Driving distance
280 kilometers

Highlights:

Overnight:
Snćfellsnes Area

Day 10. Snćfellsjökull National Park

Spend the day to explore the countless natural wonders of the Snćfellsnes peninsula that divides the west coast of Iceland into two large bays. Continue towards the tip of the peninsula you will pass a few small fishing towns. Just outside of Grundarfjörđur you will find Kirkjufell Mountain, the most picturesque mountain in Iceland. Much of interesting geological phenomena and historic sites can be found in the Snćfellsjökull National Park, the most recent one in Iceland. On the south coast of the peninsula you will find Arnarstapi and Hellnar with a spectacular coast and interesting birdlife. The hiking trail between the two villages is also very interesting. We also recommend a visit to Búđir, a pretty site located on a natural inlet. From Búđir head to the east along the south coast of the peninsula. Seals can often be seen on land or in the water at the farm Ytri Tunga, only a few hundred meters drive from the main road. Head for Borgarnes town and continue to the historic Reykholt and see the hot pool Snorralaug. Stop enroute at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the largest hot spring in Europe. Drive further inland to the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafossar Waterfalls. Make the waterfalls a turnaround point and head back to Borgarnes. Return to Reykjavík.

Driving distance
430 kilometers

Highlights:

Overnight:
Reykjavík

Recommended optional activity:

Day 11. Reykjanes Peninsula and Blue Lagoon

Leave Reykjavík and make a circle trip on Reykjanes peninsula to Lake Kleifarvatn, Krýsuvík geothermal area and visit the Blue Lagoon. Visit Lake Kleifarvatn and Krýsuvík geothermal area for a feel of the power of Earth. Further along the peninsula you can find attractions like Brimketill and Gunnuhver Hot Spring. Close the circle trip around the peninsula at the Blue Lagoon. Enjoy a relaxing bath in an otherworldly setting. In this unique area, lava and thermal water complement each other to prepare you for your journey home. Soak in the refreshing waters of the Blue Lagoon, and have a wonderful last unforgettable taste of Iceland, that ensures that you are fully relaxed when you leave Iceland. If you plan to take a bath at the Blue Lagoon, we strongly recommend that you book your ticket in advance. Return to Reykjavík and drop off the car.

Driving distance
200 kilometers

Highlights:

Overnight:
Reykjavík

Day 12. Departure

Private transfer from the hotel to Keflavik International Airport.

ACCOMMODATION

CARS

13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

13.K - Toyota Landcruiser 4WD or similar - Automatic -

Transmission: Automatic
Seats: 5
Suitcases: 4
Doors: 5

Optional Extra: Would you like to do some extra activities? Below activities can be added to this tour.

Useful Information: Here you will find other information for this tour.

Why book your Self Drive Tour with Tour.is?
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  • Pick up of rental car is the morning of day 2.

    Drop off is in Reykjavík the day prior to your departure – day 11.

    An extra day will be charged if the car is returned later.

    Due to road conditions routes may have to be altered without prior notice. The highland tracks of Iceland are usually not expected to be open until early June and due to road conditions some routes may temporarily not be passable without prior notice.

    Types of car recommended: A 4 wheel drive car is needed for this tour.

    Accommodation is according to your choice in farmhouses, guesthouses or hotels, cat. 1, 2 or 3. including breakfast. Due to limited availability of accommodation in the Icelandic countryside and a great demand for summer, we are only able to confirm specific category but not a specific hotel in each locality until booking has been made and confirmed.


    Early morning arrival: Check in time at hotels is usually between 14:00 - 16:00. If you arrive early morning, you may not be able to check in immediately on arrival.
    A credit card imprint will be taken at the start of all rentals for security reasons, even when a voucher covers the cost of the rental. Cash and debit card deposits will not be accepted. This credit card imprint may be used to pay all extra charges, including extra driven kilometres if applicable, extra insurance, parking fines, damages or any costs due to the car rental company as a result of the hirer's use of the car. Map displayed is only for quick reference and is not to scale.

    Travel Insurance: To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too.

    Price Calculator: There are several factors that determine the price of self drive packages:

    1. Time of the year.

    2. Number of people traveling together

    3. Type of car (we offer more than 15 different types of cars)

    4. Type of accommodation (we offer 3 different categories of accommodation)

    There is a special Price Calculator button at our website with every self drive tour package where you can enter your choice of type of accommodation and car, number of people and when you want to begin the tour (arrival date) and the Price Calculator will calculate and display the price of different options.

    Note: Day(s) can be added before and / or after if your arrival and departure does not fit the itinerary of this tour. Additional day tours can be added for the additional day/s. If you have any questions please don´t hesitate to contact us by email to tour@tour.is and we will be more than happy to advice.

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